But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ – 2 Kings 5:11
It is unwise to devise the way we think God should apply His will and blessings to our lives. We all, whether we admit it or not, need something from God. If we aren’t careful, we tend to tell God how to bless us, unravel our own mess and expect Him to operate according to our specifications.
Naaman was a man of high regard in his day. He was a commander of the army of Syria. He was honorable and a mighty man of valor. He was also afflicted with a dreaded and incurable disease called leprosy. He suffered this disease so much so that a captive Israelite girl went to Naaman’s wife and told her about the man of God in Samaria. The girl told Naaman’s wife Elijah could heal Naaman of leprosy.
Naaman wound up going to Elijah with the expectation of being healed. But Naaman almost blew it. He got upset because he thought Elijah was supposed to have performed his healing in the way Naaman thought he should do it. Naaman thought Elijah should’ve came outside to greet him, wave his hand as if doing some kind of magic and the leprosy would go away. His expectations and pride almost cost him his healing. Naaman’s servants finally talked some sense into Naaman’s head and Naaman did what Elijah told him to do, and he was healed.
Sometimes we can take on the spirit of Naaman and try to tell God how we want something done.
Sometimes we can take on the spirit of Naaman and try to tell God how we want something done. Sometimes we balk at the path God is taking us through as He leads us to blessing us by answering our prayers. Like Naaman, we will get upset and leave the path God has given us and we lose the opportunity of being blessed. Thank God that He has servants who will talk some sense into our heads and put us on the right path.
Pride is and always will be our downfall. James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5 tell us that God resists people who are full of pride, but He gives grace to the humble. I know this may get on some toes but God cares nothing about carnality and pride comes from carnal thinking. God will always have His servants around us to put us back on the right path that leads to Him and His blessings. It’s up to us to be humble, listen to His servants and go receive what God has in store for us.
It takes faith and trust to obey God when we don’t understand the whats and the why’s. But know that no matter how strange it may seem, obey God even when you don’t understand.